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Canine recurrent flank alopecia is a non-inflammatory, non-scarring alopecia of unknown aetiology and has a visually striking clinical presentation. Although this disease entity is relatively common in

the northern hemisphere, there is only scant information in the literature regarding case descriptions.

The aim of this article was to review the literature and to describe clinical presentations recognized in practice, which are not always extensively documented in the literature.



If a dog is presented for a first episode of canine recurrent flank alopecia (CRFA) with the typical clinical presentation, then endocrinopathies, such as hypothyroidism, breed specific hair cycle abnormalities, colour dilution alopecia, post-shaving arrest, erythema ab igne ...

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by Sophie Vandenabeele, Jan Declercq, Hilde De Cock, Sylvie Daminet


Breed predisposition


It is of interest that certain breeds that are predisposed for canine recurrent flank alopecia CRFA, such as the Boxer, Airedale and German pointers, are also predisposed for hypothyroidism. ...

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Microscopic view


In active lesions, the fairly typical histopathological changes consist of infundibular hyperkeratosis extending to secondary follicles and sometimes even into the sebaceous gland ducts. The hair follicles demonstrate an atrophic base and may be malformed. ...

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Typical signs


In practice, the typical clinical presentation of canine

recurrent flank alopecia is a

bilateral symmetrical, ...

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Canine recurrent flank alopecia:

a synthesis of theory and practice

Volume 25(4), Winter 2015

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